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Issue 2i 
December 22, 2005 

Inside this Issue: 

EMF Kuwait, Camp Pendleton 
Detachment Takes Charge During 

Pocket-Sized Health and Safety 2 
Hurricane Recovery Guide 

Navy Hospital Frocks Record 3 
Number of Sailors Under New 
Training Program 

Hospital Corpsman Receives 4 
Bronze Star 

Register for the Joint Operations 5 
Medical Managers Course 

Assistant Secretary of Defense for 5 
Health Affairs Issues Statement 
on FDA Anthrax Vaccine Ruling 

Items of Interest: 

Drinking and driving during the 
holiday season, or any time of the 
year — just don't do it. Impaired driv- 
ing will affect one in three Americans 
during their lifetime. In 2004, 16,694 
people died in alcohol-related motor 
vehicle crashes, accounting for 39% of 
all traffic -related deaths in the U.S. An 
alcohol-related motor vehicle crash 
kills someone every 3 1 minutes and 
nonfatally injures someone every two 
minutes. If you, a member of your 
family or your friends are planning on 
having a drink or two or six, do not let 
yourself or your loved one drive. Take 
a taxi to and from the party. If you 
drive there and find yourself to intoxi- 
cated to drive, call a cab to take you 
home or have a sober, alcohol- free 
friend or family member take you 
home. For more information on drunk 
driving prevention, visit 

Navy and Marine 
Corps Medical News 

A Public Affairs Publication of the Bureau of M edicine and Surgery 

Command Hosts Annual Surgeon's 

By Army Sgt. J on Cupp, USJ FCOM 
Public Affairs 

NORFOLK, Va. - Military medi- 
cal professionals must be prepared 
to support war fighters in joint task 
forces around the world. That was 
the message as U.S. Joint Forces 
Command (USJ FCOM) hosted the 
12th Annual J oint Task Force Senior 
Medical Leader Seminar last week, 
at the J oint Forces Staff College. 

Navy Rear Adm. Gregory A. 
Timberlake, USJ FCOM command 
surgeon, said the seminar gives 
senior military medical personnel 
"a running start" when they are 
assigned to a joint task force (JTF). 
According to Timberlake, a com- 
mander's ability to complete his 
mission largely depends on a 
healthy, fit force which is able to 

maintain its health during combat 

As the Global War on Terrorism 
continues to evolve, military forces 
continue to work in stability, secu- 
rity, transition, and reconstruction 
operations, of which, a substantial 
component of these operations 
have a medical flavor, and are re- 
ferred to as "medical-civil military 
operations", Timberlake said. 

"Poverty, disease, and starva- 
tion are some of the major forces 
that result from conflict and our 
direct treatment of disease, teach- 
ing the people in the country to 
take care of themselves, and the 
public health expertise we bring" 
are all essential to the com- 
mander," said Timberlake. 

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AR RAMADI , I raq - Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Loui C Villanueva, a field corpsman with 
1st battalion, 5th Marines Regiment's battalion aid station, gives each Iraqi a physical exami- 
nation at the infantry battalion's screening facility here at the Ramadi Police Headquarters. 
The man volunteered to be an I raqi Police Officer and must undergo screening at 1st Battal- 
ion, 5th Marines' facility before being issued a sidearm, badge and paid a salary. More than 
500 I raqis have volunteered. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tom Sloan 

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EMF Kuwait, Camp Pendleton Detachment 
Takes Charge During Ceremony 

By Chief J ournalist Stephen K. 

CAMP ARI Fj AN, Kuwait - 

During a formal military Change of 
Command ceremony in the Kuwaiti 
desert, Navy Capt. Catherine A. 
Wilson assumed command of U.S. 
Military Hospital Kuwait from Navy 
Capt. Jack E. Riggs. Wilson is com- 
manding officer of Expeditionary 
Medical Facility (EMF) Kuwait, Camp 
Pendleton Detachment (CP Det.), 
and Riggs is commanding officer of 
Expeditionary Medical Facility Dal- 

"For most of us this mission will 
be the highlight of our naval ca- 
reers," said Riggs. 

During his remarks, Riggs re- 
viewed the past 10 months his staff 
of nearly 400 medical personnel 
provided care to more than 
100,000 patients, and performed 
nearly 1,800 surgical procedures, 

noting with pleasure the out- 
standing reputation EMF Dallas built 
throughout the theater of opera- 

In her remarks, Wilson comple- 
mented the outgoing Dallas crew 
for their sacrifices and superb 
health care. 

"We have received a marvelous 
turnover from the staff of EMF Dal- 
las and are ready to carry out our 
mission," she said. 

"Our mission is expansive; to 
staff U.S. Military Hospital Kuwait, 
and its nine Troop Medical Clinics 
located throughout Kuwait and 
Qatar, and to provide health care 
for military personnel stationed in, 
or transiting through, the U.S. 
Army Forces Central Command area 
of responsibility to include Kuwait, 
Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq and our 
Fleet Forces," Wilson added. 

On hand, representing the Sur- 
geon General of the Navy, was Rear 

Adm. Elizabeth M. Morris, Associate 
Chief, Human Capital for Navy 

During her keynote address, 
Morris thanked EMF Dallas for being 
"trailblazers for Navy Medicine" in 
taking over a key medical mission 
from another service (Army) in sup- 
port of the Global War on Terror- 
ism. This is part of an effort to re- 
lieve the strain of continuous sup- 
port that some other services, such 

( Continued on page 5) 

Pocket-Sized Health and Safety Hurricane Recovery Guide 

By Lt. j.g. Jen Zeldis, Task Force Navy Family Public Affairs 

WASHI NGTON - Experts from several Navy com- 
mands have compiled and published a 48-page booklet 
of safety and health guidance for Navy and Marine Corps 
personnel recovering from a hurricane. 

"Guidance for Navy and Marine Corps Personnel Re- 
covering from a Hurricane Disaster" was compiled by 
experts from Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; Com- 
mander, Navy Reserve Force; Commander, Navy Instal- 
lations Command; Task Force Navy Family; the Naval 
Safety Center; the Environmental Health Center; and 
representatives from the Gulf Coast region. These com- 
mand experts referenced current health and safety prac- 
tices and guidance in the wake of a hurricane for the 

"There was an urgent need for this type of docu- 
ment," said Lt. Tom Shu, Task Force Navy Family medi- 
cal officer and lead officer in the development of this 
booklet. "Information is one of the most important com- 
modities following a disaster. I n the wake of the recent 
hurricanes, there was a tremendous amount of informa- 
tion being put out by various government agencies, but 
it wasn't readily accessible to our Sailors and Marines. 
We took that data and compiled it into one concise, 
pocket-sized book." 

Task Force Navy Family is distributing more than 

2,500 copies to Navy and Marine Corps personnel, retir- 
ees and Navy civilians in the areas affected by hurri- 
canes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. 

"Guidance for Navy and Marine Corps Personnel Re- 
covering from a Hurricane Disaster" is available on the 
Task Force Navy Family Web site at 
tfnf.html . 

The booklet includes guidance for returning home, 
coping with a disaster, dealing with mold, recovering 
personal items, cleaning and repairing homes, as well as 
resources for more information. 

Task Force Navy Family, in conjunction with subject 
matter experts from multiple Navy commands, is con- 
tinuing to publish guidance and frequently asked ques- 
tions on subjects important to Navy families affected by 
this year's hurricanes. The task force is coordinating full- 
spectrum community service operations in order to pro- 
vide a rapid return to a stable environment for affected 
Navy family members. 

The Navy family includes Sailors, Department of the 
Navy civilians, family members and retirees. 

Navy families affected by hurricanes Katrina, Rita or 
Wilma can obtain immediate personnel-related assis- 
tance through the Navy's toll-free number, 877-414- 
5358, or obtain further information by visiting Task 
Force Navy Family Web site at 
tfnf.html . 

Navy Hospital Frocks Record Number of Sailors Under New 
Training Program 

By J ournalist 1st Class (AW/ SW) 
AnTuan Guerry, National Naval 
Medical Center Public Affairs 

BETHESDA, Md. - Hospital 
leadership frocked more than 180 
Sailors to the next highest pay 
grade at the National Naval Medical 
Center (NNMC) Dec. 5. 

The ceremony marked the hos- 
pital's highest number of enlisted 
advancements in recent command 

"These are the most promotions 
I 've ever seen at one time in my 28 
years of naval service," said Rear 
Adm. Adam Robinson, NNMC com- 
mander. "I 've been to other com- 
mands larger than Bethesda, and 
I've never seen anything like this." 

NNMC leadership credited the 
increase in advancements to the 
command's newly implemented 
Enlisted Advancement Program. 
The program helps Navy corpsmen 
with study habits and trains on oc- 
cupational professional military 

More than 257 Sailors eligible 

for the September advancement 
exam took the one-week course 
between J une and August. Be- 
thesda leadership estimated that as 
many as 65 percent of Sailors who 
took the class advanced this cycle. 

According to Command Career 
Counselor Chief Hospital Corpsmen 
(SW) Angela Lackney, the hospital's 
advancement rate was more than a 
50 percent increase over the March 
advancement cycle. 

"The actual number of Sailors 
advanced at the command is 247," 
Lackney said. "But, due to perma- 
nent change of station, deployment 
and temporary assigned duty, some 
of the Sailors were not here to ac- 
tually get frocked." 

According to Command Enlisted 
Advancement Program Coordinator 
Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman 
(AW/FMF) D. S. "Jong" Gamboa, 
the program's effectiveness can be 
tied to several aspects. Among 
them are challenging and encourag- 
ing Sailors to commit themselves to 
study, and building confidence in 
studying methods and test-taking 

strategies. Gamboa said he finds 
that repetition works best in pre- 
paring for the advancement exam. 

"It's important to have a pro- 
gram like the Enlisted Advancement 
Program (EAP), because if we don't 
train junior enlisted personnel for 
advancement, we failed as men- 
tors," Gamboa said. 

"The program is a morale 
booster because it tells them that 
the command cares for their profes- 
sional and personal growth," he 

Newly-frocked Hospital Corps- 
man 3rd Class Lamont Holbrook 
said his involvement with the 
Enlisted Advancement Program 
could have been the difference in 
him being advanced. 

"The way the course was set up, 
there was a lot of repetition. That 
made it easy for me to remember 
when I saw the questions on the 
test," said Holbrook, of Bethesda's 
Oral Maxillo-Facial Clinic. "I studied 
hard for the test, but I believe the 
study habits I learned in EAP 
helped get me over the hump." 


Chief Hospital Corpsman (FMF) Richard Boldt 
was presented the Bronze Star Medal by Capt. 
William Roberts, Naval Hospital Bremerton 
commanding officer, during a Nov. 23 awards 
ceremony. During his 194-day deployment as 
part of Operation I raqi Freedom, Boldt helped 
set up medical clinics in Iraq. He maintained 
the clinics and trained the Iraqi medical person- 
nel who would eventually succeed him. Prior to 
the awards ceremony, Boldt takes time for local 
media interviews to discuss the meaning and 
prestige of receiving the Bronze Star. U.S. 
Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Third Class 
Douglas Morrison 

Hospital Corpsman Receives Bronze Star 

By Dwayne J . Hathaway, Naval 
Medical Education and Training 
Command, Public Affairs 

BETHESDA - Chief Hospital 
Corpsman (SW/AW/FMF) Patrick L. 
Hyde, of the Naval Medical Educa- 
tion and Training Command 
(NMETC), received the Bronze Star 
award from Brigadier General Eric 
B. Schoomaker, the Army's Chief of 
the Medical Corps and Commanding 
General, Medical Research and Ma- 
terial Command, Fort Detrick, dur- 
ing a ceremony at the National Na- 
val Medical Center, Bethesda on 
December 8 th , 2005 for meritorious 
service while serving in support of 
Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Hyde received the award for his 
efforts while serving as the I nde- 
pendent Duty Corpsman (IDC) in 
his unit. During his deployment, he 
established field sanitation proce- 
dures, developed a monitoring sys- 
tem for water treatment and initi- 
ated the Typhoid vaccine program 
for I raqi forces. 

While presenting the Bronze 
Star award, Brigadier General 

Command Hosts continued... 

Schoomaker said, "Chief Hyde is a 
true American hero. is a great 
honor to present an Army award to 
a Navy Corpsman." 

Hyde was part of a Multi-National 
Transition Command in Iraq since 
March 2005 and worked directly 
with U.S. Army soldiers and Polish 
and Ukrainian forces to equip, train 
and mentor Iraqi medical person- 
nel. During his Iraqi deployment, 
he served as the unit I DC, single- 
handedly providing medical care for 
the task force until he was injured 
by an improvised explosive device 
that detonated on a returning con- 
voy July 8 th , 2005. 

Although bleeding profusely 
himself, Hyde continued to provide 
care to his injured comrades and 
instructed others to perform life- 
saving procedures until help arrived 
via helicopter. He was subsequently 
awarded the Purple Heart for his 

Rear Adm. Carol I. Turner, 
Commander of NMETC, stated, "I 
am very proud of Chief Hyde's ac- 
complishments while serving in 
Iraq. He is an impressive role 

BETHESDA - Chief Hospital Corpsman 
(SW/AW/FMF) Patrick L. Hyde receives 
the Bronze Star award from Brigadier 
General Eric B. Schoomaker,. U.S. Navy 
photo by Dwayne J . Hathaway 

model for our staff at NMETC and 
an outstanding representative of 
the hospital corps for our Navy and 
Marine Corps team." 

Hyde reflected on his deploy- 
ment saying, "As I go through my 
experiences in I raq, I look back and 
I can say that it was an honor and a 
privilege to have served in I raq with 
the Army and the coalition forces as 
part of total force medicine." 

( Continued from page 1 ) 

According to Air Force Col. San- 
dra Evans, USJFCOM's deputy com- 
mand surgeon, medical profession- 
als from each of the U.S. military 
services, plus officers from the 
United Kingdom and Canada, re- 
ceived briefings from experienced 
professionals who have been ac- 
tively involved with real-world JTF 

Seminar presenters included line 
officers as well as medical person- 
nel who have worked in JTFs during 
Operations Iraqi Freedom and En- 
during Freedom as well as JTF - 
Philippines; JTF - Horn of Africa, 
and the J TFs that supported tsu- 
nami relief and Hurricane Katrina. 
Topics highlighted the health ser- 
vice support capabilities inherent in 
each of the services, NATO over- 
view, JTF headquarters organization 
and relationships, J -code interfaces, 
surgeon's cell stand-up and health 

assessment, crisis action planning, 
civil support, blood distribution 
overview, preventive medicine re- 
view, humanitarian assistance, civil 
military and interagency coordina- 
tion, and other relevant operational 
medicine topics. 

During afternoons, session par- 
ticipants worked in small groups 
and played out complex JTF exer- 
cise scenarios. 

"The important thing about this 
is seeing how people in the differ- 
ent services do health service sup- 
port, as well as how our coalition 
partners do things," said Army Maj. 
Gary Wallace, director of medical 
plans and training for U.S. Army 
Special Operations Command. 
"When we get on the same page, 
you can use their expertise in areas 
that are not your lane to help in 
planning and help mold a system in 
which there are so many different 
parts - so you can function better 
together than independently." 

I n the wake of military forces 
taking on more humanitarian assis- 
tance and disaster relief efforts in 
2005 including tsunamis in Asia, 
hurricanes in the U.S. and earth- 
quakes in Pakistan, Timberlake said 
it was necessary to add some new 
humanitarian assistance focus areas 
to the seminar this year. 

For following future seminars, 
Timberlake said medical profession- 
als will continue seeing a strong 
operational focus and more on their 
roles in stability, security, transition 
and reconstruction operations per- 
taining to the rebuilding of infra- 
structure and recovery. 

Also, consideration is being 
given to expanding the program to 
include an interface with other 
"special staff directorates"; chap- 
lains and legal personnel for exam- 

Future seminars will also feature 
more of a focus on working with 
interagency and coalition partners. 

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Operations Medical Man- 
agers Course (JOMMC), 
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Antonio, TX ; Feb. 26 
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Assistant Secretary of Defense for 
Health Affairs Issues Statement on FDA 
Anthrax Vaccine Ruling 

From the United States Department 
of Defense 

WASHI NGTON - The Food and 
Drug Administration (FDA) issued a 
final order reaffirming previous con- 
clusions that the anthrax vaccine 
prevents anthrax resulting from any 
route of exposure, including inhala- 
tion anthrax, Dec. 16. 

"I n light of the final order, the 
department will review program 
options. The military services will 
continue anthrax vaccinations as 
they have since April 2005 on a 
voluntary basis for eligible service 
members with the option to refuse. 

"Scientific experts over the 
years have consistently found this 
vaccine to be safe and effective. 
The FDA, the Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention (CDC) and 
the National Academy of Sciences 
all agree that anthrax vaccine pro- 
tects against all forms of anthrax 
and is as safe as other vaccines. 

"The department's safety record 
in administering the vaccine has 
been excellent and open to public 
scrutiny. Defense experts publish 
papers in scientific journals and 
regularly collaborate with the CDC, 
the FDA and civilian expert groups 

EMF Kuwait 

( Continued from page 2) 

as the Army, have provided. 

EMF Kuwait, Camp Pendleton 
Detachment represents a ground 
breaking concept in staffing deploy- 
ment missions— noting that the EMF 
Kuwait is made up of personnel 
from more than 22 Navy Medicine 
activities around the world. This 
new method of sourcing spreads 
out the requirement across many 
hospitals and clinics to reduce the 
impact of loss of staff due to de- 
ployment, she added. 

U.S. Military Hospital Kuwait is a 

on vaccine safety projects. 

"The threat of anthrax as a 
weapon remains real. It is very 
important to provide our service 
members with maximum protection 
against this threat, particularly 
when operating in certain areas of 
the world. 

"For people at increased risk of 
exposure, the benefits of the vac- 
cine far outweigh the risks when all 
factors are considered. Vaccination 
against anthrax is the best round- 
the-clock protection available to 
protect our forces at risk." 

Level Three medical facility that 
provides outpatient, as well as in- 
patient, care and specialty services 
such as cardiology, pulmonary, 
critical care, internal medicine, gen- 
eral surgery, optometry, orthope- 
dics, gynecology, laboratory, phar- 
macy, radiology, mental health, 
dental and physical therapy. 

"I have an outstanding group of 
healthcare professionals with me," 
said Wilson. They represent the 
best of Navy Medicine and we are 
ready to move forward with what 
we do best; provide world class 
health care to those who need it." 

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